Woodstock News

Big-time talent, big-ticket item

April 22, 1999


Three days of peace, love and mud don't come cheap anymore.

But considering the music lineup at Woodstock '99, those $150 tickets -- which go on sale Sunday -- might not be such a bad deal. The festival, scheduled for July 23-25, is expected to draw a quarter-million fans to an old Air Force base in Rome, N.Y., which is closer to Canada than it is to the 1969 or 1994 event locales.

The hot talent list includes such blockbusters as Metallica, Jewel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Aerosmith and DMX. With an eclecticism faithful to both the Woodstock ethic and the 1999 musical climate, artists range from the rap-reggae of Wyclef Jean to the alt-rock of Alanis Morissette.

Organizers say Detroit was among the top five originating markets for the 300,000-plus fans at Woodstock '94.

Tickets include admission and camping and go on sale at 9 a.m. Sunday only through Ticketmaster's Woodstock hot line, at 1-212-397-7474.

Or, for $899, you can grab a package out of Detroit that includes airfare, a room at the Radisson in Syracuse, transportation to and from the fest and admission. Those packages are already on sale; call 1-800-832-4242. Find more info at www.woodstock.com

And if you're wondering about that notorious Woodstock mud, well, the Farmer's Almanac is calling for dry weather that weekend -- until Sunday, when thunderstorms are predicted.

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